A month after CBS denied Les Moonves his $120 million exit package on the grounds that he did not "cooperate fully" with the investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct, the ousted CEO has let it be known he's not going away quietly – or without his money. On Wednesday, CBS acknowledged in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that Moonves has demanded that he and the network take the matter to binding arbitration. In the document, which CBS posted to its corporate website, the company acknowledges that Moonves has that right under the separation agreement he signed in September but it maintains that he was fired for cause and therefore is not entitled to any severance pay.
Kevin Hart is set to star in Hasbro’s live-action “Monopoly” movie from Lionsgate Films, Deadline Hollywood reports. Hart’s “Ride Along” director, Tim Story, is in final negotiations to direct the film. Lionsgate and Hasbro have been attempting to collaborate on this flick since 2015, when they hired Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show”) to pen the tale of “a boy from the game’s Baltic Avenue embarking on a quest to make a fortune,” Variety reports.
ABC’s “NYPD Blue” sequel pilot has cast British actor Fabien Frankel as Andy Sipowicz’s son, the series’ leading man, a source told TheWrap. The new drama will center on Andy Sipowicz’s (Dennis Franz) son Theo as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder. Frankel joins “NYPD Blue” alums Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup, who have signed on to reprise their roles for the sequel pilot. Delaney will reprise her role as Det. Diane Russell, who she played on the original run of “NYPD Blue” beginning in its second season, serving as series regular for Seasons 3 through 8. Brochtrup first joined the show in a recurring capacity as administrative assistant John Irvin in Season 2, before being upped to series regular later in the show’s run.
Steve Carell is teaming up again with The Office showrunner Greg Daniels for Space Force, a Netflix comedy series inspired by President Trump's plan to create a sixth branch of the military focused on outer space. Carell will star in the show, which is being described as a workplace comedy focused on the people tasked with creating Space Force, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Both he and Daniels will serve as executive producers along with Howard Klein, who also worked on The Office. "The goal of the new branch is to 'defend satellites from attack' and 'perform other space-related tasks' ... or something," says a teaser for the show. "This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out."
Netflix announced yesterday that it has acquired “The Devil All the Time,” the new star-studded film from director Antonio Campos. A midwestern gothic about a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher and a corrupt local sheriff, “The Devil All the Time” will star Chris Evans, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgard, Eliza Scanlen, Mia Wasikowska and Gabriel Ebert. The film is an adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 novel by the same name. Principal photography on “The Devil All the Time” is set to begin next month in Alabama.
Veteran broadcaster Bob Costas is stepping down from his longtime role with NBC Sports. Costas told the New York Post of the decision Tuesday, which the network confirmed with the paper. “It’s all settled quietly and happily for all concerned,” Costas told The Post. Costas also told The Post he will continue to do work for MLB Network and is considering pursuing a long-form interview show. Costas said the two sides reached the agreement last year, but decided to keep things quiet. Mike Tirico joined NBC from ESPN in 2016 and stepped into the iconic primetime Olympics studio host role that Costas held since 1988 during last February’s coverage of the Pyeongchang Games. Costas had also stepped away from his role in NBC’s NFL coverage on “Football Night in America.”
Their divorce was made official just two months ago. But there seems to be nothing but love and mutual admiration between Chris Pratt and Anna Faris. Faris took to her podcast Unqualified on Monday to reveal that Pratt texted her after popping the question to Katherine Schwarzenegger. Faris explained: “Chris texted me this morning and he was like, ‘I proposed to Katherine last night.’ And I was like, ‘Ahh, that’s amazing.’” Faris obviously has a good sense of humor as she jokingly offered to officiate the ceremony. She said: “And I texted him back like, ‘I just wanted to remind you I’m an ordained minister.’ I’m not very good at it...”
Kathy Griffin slammed Don Cheadle for being another “Hollywood movie star phony.” Hours after the “Miles Ahead” star posted a photo in support of Sleeping Giant, a group focused on ending bigotry and sexism in America, Griffin lashed out at him for failing to have her back. “Oh GREAT Don,” she tweeted. “I will never forgive you for your nasty tweet the day my smear campaign started. You know it was a f–king smear campaign and you have never taken a moment to apologize. Some liberal you are. Yes, my memory is long my ex friend. Shame on you. I kept a list. Fear me.” Cheadle responded to Griffin with a simple “huh?” The tweet only served to further anger the comedian, who resumed berating the actor. “You don’t remember?” she tweeted. “Look up your tweets from May 30, 2017 or May 31. You. Of all people. Just another Hollywood movie star phony. You really had a problem with my photo? U don’t know a smear campaign from the oval office, the tabloids, the actual news, two federal investigations?” At the height of the controversy surrounding the photo, Cheadle defended the comedian’s politics to one Twitter user, before, according to Indie Wire, writing, “That pic though.” She continued, “Huh? You’re a d**k in real life, but believe it or not I truly hope what I went through never happens to you. Never. And if it did I would be the first in line to stand up for you, get my a** on television and do everything I could to defend you & the 1st amendment. It’s easy don.” Cheadle responded shortly after, tweeting that as far as he was concerned, he and Griffin were never friends, but if they were, he would have urged her not to pose for the provocative photoshoot. He also tweeted that he is “taking every opportunity to oppose [Donald Trump] and support those looking to unseat him, IS defending you albeit not your personal, cringe worthy photo-op.” Griffin has yet to respond to Cheadle.
Netflix is once again raising its subscription prices. The firm announced yesterday that it’s raising the fees for US subscribers, bumping the costs up by 13 to 18 percent, depending on your plan. The standard plan – Netflix’s most popular package – will now cost $12.99 moving forward, compared to $10.99. It's been little more than a year since Netflix last raised the cost of its subscription plans. The latest fee hikes come as the firm spends heavily on original content and expands its reach internationally. In addition to raising the price on its standard plan, Netflix has bumped up the top-tier plan and its most basic package. Its top-tier plan, which allows streaming on four screens in high definition, will be raised to $15.99 from $13.99 per month, while fee for its basic plan will rise to $8.99 from $7.99. The price hikes will be applied to all existing members over the next few months and to all new members immediately, Netflix said in a statement.
Tom Cruise is set to star as Ethan Hunt alongside his IMF team at least two more times, the actor confirmed yesterday. "Summer 2021 and Summer 2022," Cruise announced on Twitter. Christopher McQuarrie — who directed the 2015 installment "Rogue Nation" as well as 2018's "Fallout" — also confirmed he would be returning to the franchise, which first premiered 23 years ago. "Missions: Accepted #MissionImpossible," McQuarrie tweeted.
Gal Gadot has been tapped to reprise her role as Wonder Woman, voicing the DC superhero in upcoming animated sequel, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Gadot joins a voice cast that includes other DC film stars such as Jason Momoa and Margot Robbie who will be reprising their roles as Aquaman and Harley Quinn, respectively. Cobie Smulders of How I Met Your Mother fame previously voiced Wonder Woman in the first Lego Movie. Other Justice League members set to appear in The Lego Movie 2 include Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum) and Green Lantern (Jonah Hill). The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, is set to arrive in theaters on Feb. 8. Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks are returning to voice main characters Emmet and Lucy, respectively.
Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are engaged. Pratt revealed the news on social media early yesterday morning. "Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes!" he captioned an image of the two embracing. "I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you." "Here we go!" he added. Arnold Schwarzenegger's daughter with Maria Shriver leans into her fiancé and sports a sizable rock on her ring finger in the image. Pratt and Schwarzenegger had people guessing if they were an item when they picnicked last June, on Father's Day. Pratt previously wed actress Anna Faris in 2009. They announced their split in August 2017 and share one child, Jack, 6.
Eddie Murphy is reprising one of his most famous roles for the sequel to Coming To America. Paramount Pictures bosses have tapped Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer to take charge of the follow-up to the hit 1988 comedy, in which Murphy played an African prince on the hunt for a wife in New York. Brewer just directed Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name and it appears the two men got along so well they started talking about the project in between takes. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is reworking a script by Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who wrote the original Coming to America, while Murphy is among the producers. According to Deadline, the sequel will revolve around the son of Murphy’s character, Akeem. The prince returns to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. Arsenio Hall, who played the prince’s aide Semmi, Shari Headley and James Earl Jones are all expected to return for the sequel.
The Game Of Thrones final season will premiere on April 14. HBO finally revealed the broadcast date last night along with a chilling teaser. Set in the Crypts of Winterfell, Jon Snow, Sansa and Arya Stark meet below their ancestral home to visit the resting places of their family. But they discover some grim new additions: three effigies marking their own graves. The 90-second clip opens with a torch-bearing Snow walking the passages of the crypt, passing the tomb of Lyanna Stark, whom he believes was his aunt but was in fact his mother. Without glancing at it, his movement disturbs the feather in her hands to the ground, the one that had been placed there by her husband King Robert Baratheon in the very first episode. “You have to protect him,” the dying Lyanna's voice whispers, the last thing she made her brother Ned Stark promise before she died, entrusting him to raise Jon as his own. Elsewhere in the crypt Sansa is seen passing the statue of her mother, Catelyn Stark.
Here are weekend box office figures:
1. The Upside - $19.5 million
2. Aquaman - $17.2 million
3. A Dog’s Way Home - $11.3 million
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - $9 million
5. Escape Room - $8.9 million
6. Mary Poppins Returns - $7.2 million
7. Bumblebee - $6.7 million
8. On the Basis of Sex - $6.2 million
9. The Mule - $5.5 million
10. Vice - $3.2 million
Count Al Pacino among the A-list actors making the leap into streaming series. The actor is nearing a deal to join an Amazon drama called The Hunt from Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions and Sonar Entertainment. It would mark Pacino's first series-regular role. Created by David Weil, The Hunt follows a band of Nazi hunters in New York City circa 1977. They discover that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials have made a home in the United States and plan to create a Fourth Reich there, then set out on a bloody mission to stop the plan. The deal is not yet signed, but when it goes through Pacino will join the previously cast Logan Lerman in the series, which has a 10-episode order from Amazon. Lerman plays a young man whose grandmother is murdered and becomes swept up in The Hunt organization as he tries to find the perpetrator. Pacino will play a veteran Nazi hunter who mentors Lerman's character.
Martin Scorsese is prepping a new Netflix documentary about the career of Bob Dylan, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. The film, titled “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese,” documents Dylan’s 1975-1976 tour, the Rolling Thunder Revue, and is expected to include concert footage as well as interviews. Dylan will also sit down for a rare on-camera interview for the new film, according to Variety, which first reported on the project. Release plans are still being finalized for what’s expected to be a 2019 release.
Starz announced yesterday that it has acquired four new documentaries, including “Daughters of the Sexual Revolution,” about a controversy surrounding the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, and the Oscar-shortlisted documentary feature “Of Fathers and Sons.” “Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders,” is a behind-the-scenes story of how the original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders became a controversial pop culture phenomenon at the height of the sexual revolution. The documentary originally premiered at the SXSW film festival in 2018, and it will be available for download or streaming via the STARZ app on Jan. 14. at 9 p.m. ET/PT. “Of Fathers and Sons” won the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at Sundance in 2018, and it is now on the Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary Feature. It’s about a man who gains the trust of a radical Islamist family and follows them over the course of two years. It will air on Starz on March 11. Starz also acquired “Inside My Heart” and “Antonio Lopez: 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco,” which will premiere March 4 and in May, respectively. Finally, Starz also set release dates for two other recent documentary pickups, “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” which airs Feb. 11, and “White Boy,” which airs April 8.
Wish you could have experienced Woodstock? You'll get a chance, sort of, this summer on the 1969 festival's 50th anniversary. The organizer of the original festival confirms to Rolling Stone that a three-day music festival will be staged in Watkins Glen, NY, from Aug. 16-18—and it will be different than Woodstock '99, an event Rolling Stone calls "disastrous" and that Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang decries as "just a musical experience with no social significance. It was just a big party." This time around, he says, "We’re going back to our roots and our original intent," and the creators are maintaining all control of the event rather than outsourcing. The 1,000-acre green space where the festival will be held is near the Finger Lakes in upstate New York, NPR reports, and organizers expect most attendees will camp. More than 40 performers have already been booked, including some bands who performed at the original festival, and tributes to other bands from the 1969 festival are also planned. Specific acts will be announced closer to the time tickets go on sale next month.
A documentary about two boys who were allegedly abused by Michael Jackson will have its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The documentary, Leaving Neverland, will tell the story of two men, now in their 30s, who say that when they were seven and 10 years old, they and their families started long-running relationships with the late King of Pop, who was then at the height of his stardom. In the film, the men describe how they were sexually abused by the entertainer, and explain how they were able to "come to terms with it" years later. Leaving Neverland will screen on Friday, January 25 in Park City, Utah, and Saturday, January 26 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Oscars will reportedly have no host this year after the fallout with Kevin Hart who stepped down from the role over resurfaced homophobic tweets. For the first time in three decades, producers will select A-list celebrities to present and introduce segments instead of having one person host the entire night, sources tell Variety. With the 91st Academy Awards just six weeks away, producers are reportedly scrambling to coordinate the celebrity lineup for February 24. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences currently has made no new offers for an alternative host after Hart confirmed yesterday that he would not be hosting despite a public push from Ellen DeGeneres to do so. The last time the Oscars went without a host was in 1989. Instead, Rob Lower performed what was labeled a disastrous performance with Snow White during the 61st Academy Awards.
Tens of millions of people watched Bird Box, the Netflix-produced film starring Sandra Bullock, in the first week of its release on the streaming service. While Netflix says that more than 45 million accounts watched the movie, Nielsen, the agency that measures television viewership, said 26 million people watched the film. But Nielsen’s figures don’t take into account the viewers from outside of the United States.
Former WWE star turned actor Dave Bautista has joined the cast of director Denis Villeneuve's reboot of Dune. Bautista's role in the film is being kept under wraps. He joins a cast that includes Timothee Chalamet in the lead role and Rebecca Ferguson. Dune, based on Frank Herbert's series of novels, is being written by Villeneuve, Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. Studio Legendary acquired the film and television rights for Dune in a deal with Herbert's estate in 2016. The story, set in the future, takes place on the desert planet Arrakis where competing families fight over a valuable resource.
Chris Rock can be crossed off the list of potential 2019 Academy Awards hosts. He denied any interest in the now-dreaded Oscar hosting gig on Monday night at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards dinner in Manhattan. “If it was five years ago, I could say something really offensive and funny right now, but I can’t do that anymore, so … heyyyy!” Rock cracked, as he took the podium at the NYFCC Awards, where he was on hand to present director Bo Burnham with the award for best first film for “Eighth Grade.” Continuing to do some impromptu standup of sorts, Rock looked into the audience at Steve Martin — who was at the award show to present the best supporting actor award to Richard E. Grant for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” — and brought up the very topical subject of hosting the Oscars. “Steve Martin is here. You should host the Oscars. You’re the best,” Rock said. “Steve Martin should host the Oscars! Because I’m not doing it. You’re not getting me.”
Andy Cohen is getting ready for fatherhood. He is bringing “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” to Los Angeles for four weeks in preparation for his son to arrive, People reports. The move will occur on Jan. 14 and is expected to include celebrities such as Jay Leno, Anne Hathaway, Judd Apatow, Matthew McConaughey, Christina Aguilera, and RuPaul. “Moving the Clubhouse to L.A. is a win all the way around,” he told the publication. “There will be great guests, great energy and I can make a 9 p.m. dinner reservation after we get off the air!” Cohen announced that he is welcoming a baby via surrogate in December, and revealed the sex of his child while hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve just days later.